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What went on Magic players Dwight Howard, Jason Richardson and Hedo Turkoglu. while you were gone drastic changes to their lineup. Trades included: Rashard Lew- is to the Wizards for GilbertAre- nas and, Vince Carter, Marcin By James Austin jaustin@valenciavoice.com Magic make all star trades As a result of rigorous nego- tiations, the Magic made some Gortat and Mickael Pietrus to the Suns for Jason Richardson, Earl Clark and Hedo Turkoglu. The Magic lost the first two games after the trade but went on to win their next nine. Congress says good bye in the lame-duck session Before the new Republican- controlled House of Repre- sentatives officially took of- fice, congress members who were voted out this past No- vember got the chance to make lasting impressions in this years lameduck session. New legislation included: -The S.T.A.R.T. treaty

A treaty between the US and Russia limiting the nucle- ar arsenal of both countries down to 1,550 warheads each.

Marty Kool of Tucson, Arizona, pays his respects on the roadside.

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    DADT repeal

A repeal of the military’s controversial ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ policy preventing gay soldiers from serving openly in America’s armed services.

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    9/11 heros recieve aid

New legislation that provides health care for the rescue work- ers at the World Trade Center who have developed deadly respiratory conditions due to their work at Ground Zero.

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    Extension of Bush tax cuts

Legislation that extended the federal tax cuts estab- lished by George W. Bush that were scheduled to expire at the start of the new year. New congress in session The 112th congress was brought into session January

5. This congress brings a new Republican majority into the House of Representatives and a Republican increase in the Senate. Speaker of the House, Republican John Boehner, has already started discussion on a bill to repeal the demonized health care laws passed over summer. The vote on the bill is scheduled for Wednesday. Arizona shooting

United States congresswom- en Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head during an open meeting she was hosting on January 8 with her constituents near Tuscon, Arizona. Of the 19 people shot, six were killed. The deceased included US District


Court Chief Judge John Roll, Dorthy “Dot” Morris, a 79-year- old retired secretar , and Christi- na-Taylor Green, a nine-year-old girl who had been elected to her school’s student council and was interested in the world of politics. Giffords is currently recov- ering at the University Medi- cal Center in Tuscon. Her con-

dition was upgraded from critical to serious this past Monday and her doctors are optimistic that she will recover. The alleged shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, was subdued by by- standers at the scene and is being charged with a number of crimes including attempted assassina- tion of a member of congress.

All Photos Courtesy of MCT Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi congratulates Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) on the oor of the House chamber.


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